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Illinois

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

40 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
31st most burdensome licensing laws
30th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Illinois is the 30th most broadly and onerously licensed state in the country. It requires licenses for 40 of the 102 low- and middle-income occupations studied. On average, people seeking to enter these occupations can expect to spend $249 in fees, lose 203 days to education and experience mandates and take one exam, the 31st most burdensome requirements.

Illinois' requirements are among the most burdensome in the nation for specific occupations, however. Illinois is one of only three states that require preschool teachers to pass three exams. The $1,050 fee Illinois charges to become a gaming supervisor is the third highest among the 23 states that license the occupation. Illinois is one of only two states that require locksmiths to pass two exams.

Illinois' education and experience requirements are also above average for some occupations. Security alarm installers, for instance, must obtain 1,099 days of training in Illinois compared to a national average of 535 days in that occupation. Of the 34 states that license security alarm installers, 14 do not even have an education and experience requirement. Pharmacy technicians must meet a two-year training requirement compared to a national average of just 194 days.

Illinois could improve job prospects for its low- and middle-income residents by reducing or eliminating barriers to employment like these.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 35 1,825 3 0 19
2 Athletic Trainer 46 500 1,460 1 0 0
3 Security Alarm Installer 34 832 1,099 1 0 0
4 Earth Driller 47 160 730 1 0 18
5 Pharmacy Technician 12 40 730 0 0 16
6 Veterinary Technologist 37 180 730 1 0 0
7 Barber 50 142 350 1 12 16
8 Cosmetologist 51 229 350 1 8 16
9 Makeup Artist 36 203 175 1 12 16
9 Skin Care Specialist 50 203 175 1 12 16
11 Pest Control Applicator 51 90 188 2 12 0
12 Massage Therapist 39 0 117 1 12 18
13 Auctioneer 33 671 45 1 12 18
14 Sign Language Interpreter 16 885 2 3 12 0
15 Emergency Medical Technician 51 20 26 1 12 18
16 School Bus Driver 51 36 0 6 0 21
17 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 110 0 5 0 21
18 Cathodic Protection Tester 16 1500 8 2 0 0
19 Gaming Supervisor 23 1050 0 0 0 21
20 Truck Driver 51 110 0 4 0 18
21 Manicurist 50 30 82 1 0 0
22 Teacher Assistant 29 45 7 1 12 0
23 Locksmith 13 165 4 2 0 18
24 Tank Tester 14 1000 9 1 0 0
25 Child Care Worker 33 0 4 0 12 0
26 Slot Key Person 21 250 0 0 0 21
27 Animal Control Officer 17 0 0 1 0 18
28 Gaming Cage Worker 22 125 0 0 0 21
28 Gaming Dealer 24 125 0 0 0 21
30 Security Guard 37 55 5 0 0 18
31 Animal Trainer 20 70 0 0 0 18
32 Bill Collector Agency 30 750 0 0 0 0
33 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 80 0 2 0 0
34 Mobile Home Installer 39 150 2 1 0 0
35 Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester 18 0 7 1 0 0
36 Milk Sampler 34 10 0 1 0 0
37 Cross-connection Survey Inspector 4 0 7 0 0 0
38 Farm Labor Contractor 9 50 0 0 0 0
39 Fisher 41 35 0 0 0 0
40 Taxidermist 26 25 0 0 0 0

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